Angels, Trout near $430M extension

Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels lines out in the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Feb. 28 2019 in Tempe Arizona. The Associated Press reported

Trout is viewed differently as a home-grown Angels player and forms a core with Japanese star two-way player Shohei Ohtani, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Trout and the Angels are nearing a record-breaking 12-year, $430 million contract extension, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has reportedly reached a deal to extend his contract for $430 million.

Trout's new agreement includes a full no-trade clause and no opt-out provisions, sources told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, who reported that because the superstar is still under contract for two more seasons at $33.25 million per year, the arrangement is technically a $363.5-million extension that begins in 2021.

Trout will now receive an average of almost $36 million a year, which tops Zack Greinke's previous record average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Los Angeles Angels are about to lock up the most expensive athlete in the history of professional sports.

Despite his individual success, the Angels have only made the postseason once with Trout on the roster. By WAR, he is the best position player in baseball history through at age and has been that for more or less the entirety of his big-league career. He won the award in 2014 and 2016 and finished second again previous year, arguably his best season yet, in which he slashed.312/.460/.628 with 39 home runs and 79 RBIs in 140 games.

He has slashed.307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs. And it could not come soon enough, as his contract had just a year remaining after the 2019 season.

The 27-year-old Trout has two American League MVP Awards and he's finished second four other years.

Trout's reported contract extension tops a list of record-setting paydays for Major League Baseball paydays this offseason.

Bryce Harper's record deal of 13. The clamoring already had begun, with Harper lobbying for Trout to join him in Philadelphia, 45 miles from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey.

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